Monotypes can only be used once or twice before the image is gone; the ink used up. Whereas monoprint plates can be re-inked for another pass through a printing press, the image of a monotype is lost forever. In this process, ink is applied to a metal or Plexiglas plate. Just like any other form of “painting,” the ink impression is painted, rolled, or dabbed onto a surface that can then be manipulated before being pulled through a press.
The magic of monotypes is my finished “original.” Whether using black ink to give yourself a base to paint on, or using colored inks to create a finished print, this is a fascinating mirror image of my artistry.